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Analysis and Commentary

When Deficits Become Dangerous

by Michael J. Boskinvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, February 11, 2010

Debt-to-GDP ratios over 90% have significant impact on the pace of economic growth. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Analysing the impact of the Fed’s mortgage-backed securities purchase

by John B. Taylorvia VoxEu.org (Centre for Economic Policy Research)
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

There is an ongoing policy debate about when and at what speed the Federal Reserve Bank should reduce its portfolio of mortgage-backed securities (MBS). . . .

Analysis and Commentary

The Fiscal Crisis Down Below

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Friday, January 22, 2010

Sub-national governments – states, countries, cities, provinces, towns, and special districts – play different roles from country to country, but usually deliver important public services such as police and fire protection, transportation, education, health care, and welfare. . . .

Stimulus was only a temporary boost to personal income

The Stimulus Didn’t Work

by John F. Cogan, John B. Taylor, Volker Wielandvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Government transfers and rebates were just pebbles in a pond. Private-sector resilience made the real waves. By John F. Cogan, John B. Taylor, and Volker Wieland.

Analysis and Commentary

Don't Like the Numbers? Change 'Em

by Michael J. Boskinvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, January 13, 2010

If a CEO issued the kind of distorted figures put out by politicians and scientists, he'd wind up in prison. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

The Fed and the Crisis: A Reply to Ben Bernanke

by John B. Taylorvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, January 10, 2010

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke spent most of his speech to the American Economic Association on Jan. 3 responding to the critique that easy monetary policy during 2002-2005 contributed to the housing boom, to excessive risk taking, and thereby to the financial crisis. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Uncertainty and the Slow Recovery

by Gary S. Beckervia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, January 3, 2010

A recession is a terrible time to make major changes in the economic rules of the game. . . .

Who Supports Health Reform?

by David Brady, Daniel P. Kesslervia Economics Working Papers
Friday, January 1, 2010

Economics Working Paper WP10101

Analysis and Commentary

Industrial Policy Returns from the Grave

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
One of the worst responses by officials to the financial crisis and deep recession has been to revive “industrial policy.” Once again, governments are using subsidies, mandates, regulation, and capital investment to pick industrial winners and losers, rather than using a broad, even-handed approach. 
Analysis and Commentary

An Alternative Stimulus Plan

by Michael J. Boskinvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, November 17, 2009

While the economy has finally started to grow, the disturbingly high unemployment rate is increasing pressure from the left to double down on this year's poorly designed fiscal stimulus bill. . . .

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The Working Group on Economic Policy brings together experts on economic and financial policy at the Hoover Institution to study key developments in the U.S. and global economies, examine their interactions, and develop specific policy proposals. Read more...

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George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics
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Wohlford Family Senior Fellow
Rose-Marie and Jack Anderson Senior Fellow
Leonard and Shirley Ely Senior Fellow
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Buzz and Barbara McCoy Senior Fellow
Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow

The Working Group on Economic Policy brings together experts on economic and financial policy at the Hoover Institution to study key developments in the U.S. and global economies, examine their interactions, and develop specific policy proposals.

 

Working Group Meeting - March 9, 2018
Working Group Meeting - March 9, 2018

For twenty-five years starting in the early 1980s, the United States economy experienced an unprecedented economic boom. Economic expansions were stronger and longer than in the past. Recessions were shorter, shallower, and less frequent. GDP doubled and household net worth increased by 250 percent in real terms. Forty-seven million jobs were created.

This quarter-century boom strengthened as its length increased. Productivity growth surged by one full percentage point per year in the United States, creating an additional $9 trillion of goods and services that would never have existed. And the long boom went global with emerging market countries from Asia to Latin America to Africa experiencing the enormous improvements in both economic growth and economic stability.

Economic policies that place greater reliance on the principles of free markets, price stability, and flexibility have been the key to these successes. Recently, however, several powerful new economic forces have begun to change the economic landscape, and these principles are being challenged with far reaching implications for U.S. economic policy, both domestic and international. A financial crisis flared up in 2007 and turned into a severe panic in 2008 leading to the Great Recession. How we interpret and react to these forces—and in particular whether proven policy principles prevail going forward—will determine whether strong economic growth and stability returns and again continues to spread and improve more people’s lives or whether the economy stalls and stagnates.

Our Working Group organizes seminars and conferences, prepares policy papers and other publications, and serves as a resource for policymakers and interested members of the public.

Working Group Meeting - April 9, 2008
Working Group Meeting - April 9, 2008

 


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